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Global Employers Take Note: Changes to Malaysia Visitor Pass Program

Beginning October 1, Malaysia will require e-filing for its Professional Visit Pass (PVP) applications. PVP holders may work in Malaysia for up to 12 months while remaining on foreign payroll, but they must be sponsored by a registered Malaysian company.

This filing change also applies to companies under Malaysia’s Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) that have MSC Malaysia status. These companies had previously been able to file PVP applications with the e-Xpats Service Center and must now register with the Expatriate Services Division (ESD).

As of last week, the Immigration Department stopped accepting manual PVP filings, but has not provided guidance on how to file PVP applications online via its ESD website. All companies – including MDec companies – seeking to file PVP applications should register through the ESD portal as soon as possible. The current wait time for ESD registration is six to eight weeks, but will likely become longer. Given the change in filing process and lack of guidance, employers should expect PVP application processing delays.

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About this Author

Rebecca B. Schechter, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, Northern Virginia, Immigration Law Attorney
Of Counsel

Rebecca Schechter focuses her practice on business immigration and compliance, representing multi-national corporations and companies, as well as individual clients. She has experience with all areas of employment-based immigration, particularly H-1B, L-1, O-1 and E-2 petitions, as well as outstanding researcher petitions and labor certification applications. Rebecca regularly assists GT clients with global immigration matters, including business and work visas to countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Latin America. She also works on state and federal I-9 and E-Verify...

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